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Black Friday Record Store Day guide

Black Friday unofficially kicks off the Christmas shopping season next week and as well as lots of online promotions from Amazon and the like, in the USA there will be a spate of special Record Story Day releases which will be available from independent record shops.

Below we take a look at the pick of the releases…

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The Beatles / Long Tall Sally (7″ EP)

The Fab Four‘s 1964 UK EP release and the first to feature all new material. Like the recent vinyl mono box this is an all analogue mastered affair.


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Bon Jovi / Live 2

The second disc in Bon Jovi’s live picture disc series features rare live tracks from the New Jersey World Tour including  I’ll Be There For You (Live In Lakeland) and Runaway (Live In Paris) make their vinyl debut.


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David Bowie / Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)

This David Bowie 10-inch is already out in Europe but is slightly repackaged for this Black Friday RSD release. Tracks are the same though with the radio edit of the title track as the A-side and ‘Tis A Pity She’s A Whore on the flipside.


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Genesis / From Genesis To Revelation

The 1969 Genesis debut album is reissued on vinyl with original artwork replicated including the inner sleeve.


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The Grateful Dead / Houston Texas, 11/18/72 (12-inch vinyl)

A vinyl record featuring music from the second set of this November 1972 date, this includes a 25 minute rendition of Playing In The Band. All music remastered from the original analogue reel to reel tapes, complete with artwork by Gary Houston.


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Joan Jett & The Blackhearts / Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Not a music release, as such, but this flexi-cover Joan Jett book which chronicles all aspects of her music career does come with a seven-inch single that contains previously unreleased live versions Bad ReputationYou Don’t Know What You’ve Got, TMI and Cherry Bomb.


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Ennio Morricone / The Good, The Bad And The Ugly OST

The classic Morricone soundtrack to Sergio Leone’s 1967 Spaghetti Western is pressed on ‘smokey red vinyl’ and is exclusive to indie record stores.


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New Order / 1981-Factus 8R-1982 (12-inch vinyl)

This five-track EP was originally released on Factory Records back in November 1982 and this RSD vinyl pressing features 2014 remastering for all the music.


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Roy Orbison / At The Rock House (coloured vinyl)

Roy Orbison’s first LP from 1956 has been remastered and is released on (randomly distributed) white, red and silver vinyl.


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Phil Spector and Various Artists / A Christmas Gift For You

One of the first, and arguably still the best, Christmas compilation albums. A Christmas Gift For You is pressed on limited red-wax edition vinyl.


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They Might Be Giants / Flood

Flood was They Might Be Giants’ third album in 1990 and first on a major label (Elektra/Warner). The two Johns (Flansburgh and Linnell) got to appear on Top of the Pops thanks to UK top 10 hit Birdhouse In My Soul. This is a twelve-inch coloured vinyl pressing with 2900 translucent green and just 100 yellow copies, randomly distributed to stores across the country.


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The Velvet Underground / Live MXMXCIII (vinyl pressing)

The Velvet Underground’s 1993 live record which documented their short-lived reunion tour is released here for the first time on vinyl. 


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Wham! / Last Christmas

George Michael/Wham! rarities are quite hard to come by, but this limited 30th anniversary red/green twelve-inch vinyl edition does manage to offer up a previously unreleased instrumental version of the Christmas classic that was a UK top ten hit two years in a row in 1984/5.


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Elvis Presley / Showroom Internationale

Following on from the deluxe release of That’s The Way It Is comes this special double vinyl pressing that features the full performance from Presley’s 12 August 1970 Dinner show.


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The Kinks / Muswell Hillbillies (2LP vinyl)

A double 12″ vinyl deluxe re-release of The Kink’s 1971 album features a bonus LP of rarities and outtakes from the original album sessions, plus BBC sessions recorded for John Peel.


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Various Artists / Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1

An appropriate cassette edition of the Guardians of the Galaxy film soundtrack featuring tracks from David Bowie, The Jackson 5, and 10cc.


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Neil Young / Official Release Series + T-shirts

The star attraction from Neil Young is the delayed Official Release Series Volume 2 vinyl box set that features On The Beach, Time Fades Away, Tonight’s The Night and Zuma all remastered for the first time in 40 years from the original analog studio recordings. It’s very expensive though so if that’s beyond your budget you can console yourself with a specially produced T-shirt.

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10 responses to Black Friday Record Store Day guide

  1. Guy says:

    Are any UK stores taking part? If so, where can I get a list? Googling produces a list of releases but no venues!

  2. Graham says:

    actuslly some of these *are* being released in the UK but not on Black Friday. They are part of a, IMHO stupid, UK Xmas advent calendar series of releases for London independent record shops only, daily from Dcember 1st to the 10th. Want something? Yup, travel to London 10 days in a row to get a limited edition.

  3. Joe Wiz says:

    My beloved three lettered employers will be stocking the guardians of the Galaxy cassette from Monday. It’s £7.99. Quite what anyone’s going to listen to it on…

  4. karl probst says:

    I read about a jimi Hendrix special release, any rumors maybe?

  5. Fat Old Bloke says:

    What about the people who prefer CDs? Why don’t they issue exclusive CD only music? Why is it always vinyl?

    I’m pretty sure CDs are still outselling vinyl.

  6. Jim Galvin says:

    It’s sad that most of this stuff will sell out at the store before you even get in the door and be on ebay by dinner time. there are a few items i’d really like to have.

  7. Mic Smith says:

    I’m not sure I agree 100% with the claim surrounding From Genesis to Revelation having not appeared on vinyl since 1974….. The same album was reissued as In the Beginning in 1977 in The States – and in other territories it has appeared under at least three different titles since 1974, before being reissued on vinyl as From Genesis To Revelation as recently as 1990 by Castle Communications. I still don’t understand why Jonathan King doesn’t repress it in mono. That’s the version the fansactually want.

  8. Rob Deighton says:

    The problem with that Genesis reissue is that the artwork is nothing like the original – i.e it didn’t have “genesis” slapped across the front and just said “from genesis to revelation” with a Decca logo top right.

  9. Bob G says:

    For more details on what’s being released, go here: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases#3301486

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